Tottenham Hotspur get their Europa League group stage campaign underway when they host LASK on Thursday at 8pm.
Jose Mourinho’s side have had to play three games in the competition to reach the groups, beating Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Shkendija and Maccabi Haifa so far. Their reward was a group alongside Thursday’s opponents LASK, Ludogorets and Royal Antwerp.
This is the first time Tottenham have faced LASK, but their Austrian visitors have previous experience in England, having been knocked out of last season’s Europa League by Manchester United.
Tottenham will also go into Thursday’s game off the back of a disappointing draw with West Ham United, in which they were 3-0 up with 10 minutes to go before conceding three including an injury-time equaliser. Can they bounce back? Or will LASK produce a shock?
Where to watch Tottenham vs LASK on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 2
- US: CBS All Access
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Tottenham & LASK’s previous line-ups:
- Tottenham (vs West Ham): Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Sissoko; Bergwijn, Ndombele, Son; Kane.
- LASK (vs SV Vorgl): Schlager; Andrade, Wiesinger, Trauner; Ranftl, Madsen, Holland, Renner; Goiginger, Raguz, Eggestein.
Jose Mourinho has confirmed Davinson Sanchez will start against LASK but otherwise played his cards close to his chest in his pre-season press conference. Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga are injured, but Carlos Vinicius and Gareth Bale could start in a slightly rotated XI. LASK have no absentees.
Players to watch:
Tottenham: Carlos Vinicius. Harry Kane has made the Europa League his own already this season, but Thursday could see the Englishman handed a well-deserved rest. In the past, Kane has been Spurs’ sole striking option but now they have 25-year-old Brazilian Carlos Vinicius. On loan from Benfica, Vinicius had a wonderful campaign in front of goal in 2019/20, scoring 24 goals and recording 13 assists across all competitions having joined from Napoli. He played a minor role in the Europa League following Benfica’s elimination from the Champions League, but now the Europa League is expected to be where Vinicius will get most of his Tottenham opportunities this season. Can he make the most of them?
LASK: Marko Raguz. From one striker to another, Marko Raguz has been the man for LASK in the Europa League so far this season, scoring three goals in their qualifying run. LASK had a much easier time that Tottenham did in reaching the group stages, beating Dunajska Streda 7-0 before pulling off a big result with a 4-1 win over Sporting CP. On top of his three goals, two against Dunajska Streda and one against Sporting, Raguz also has one assist with only three players being directly involved in more goals than the Austrian in the Europa League this season.
Scoreline prediction: Tottenham 2-0 LASK
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